Light Table

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Tool for animators to display ghosts/onionskin of selected objects, like in 2d animation software

(Inspired by TVPaint's light table)

Main features:

- Display ghosts/onionskin of any types of objects, such as skinned geometry, bones or particles.

- Fast controls of number of ghosts and their opacity (with symmetrical changing)

- Quick enable / disable before and after ghosts

- Auto hide on playback

- Three modes: normal, loop and clipped to range

- Two display options: flat shaded, with opacity maps

- Several predefined presets

- Saves information about selected objects within scene

Additional Info: 

Installation: drag & drop MZP file in 3ds max viewport, and restart it.
You can find this script in "Customize User Interface" in "San Tools" category. Enjoy =)

Another scripts in video you can find here

Version Requirement: 
tested in 3ds max 2013 and 2015
Video URL: 
lighttable.mzp589.58 KB


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somnis's picture

Problems light table with 3dMax 2017

Are there problems of Script "Light Table" with the 3dMax 2017 version? It´s not working fine in my worstation. Thanks.

BR's picture

Awesome & Thanks :P there's

Awesome & Thanks :P there's nothing more to say :)

San_oOo's picture

turn off on playback

This is not a performance issue) I did this as standard feature, because it is very comfortable to use. You don't need disable script every time for checking animation on playback. I found this thing very useful in TVPaint 2d animation software.
But if you want to see ghosts on playback, you may do right click on help button "?". But when you reload script, you need to do it again, because it is unnecessary thing at all time.
Look at tooltips on script buttons and you can find little hidden features =)
Or maybe you mean that ghosts were hidden while you move time slider by hand? In this case make sure that Adaptive Degradation is off.

BR's picture

Nice, thanks for your reply.

Nice, thanks for your reply. Didn't thought about opening the *.mzp manually ^^
Manuelly installed it works fine!

For a future version i thik i'd be nice to be able to toggle the "turn of on playback" thing. Or is it a performance issue?

San_oOo's picture

BR, thanks for reply. I will

BR, thanks for reply.
I will try to find problem. I already got many messages about the same problems with my installer.
But you can follow this instructions (look the attachment) and install my script.
Hope it helps you.

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BR's picture

Error 1

Hi there, your tool looks awesome and I wanted to give it a try, sadly an Error accured.
Hope the screenshot helps you.

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Sen's picture

Great Work

thank you

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